I was recently sent a hamper of Naked Locals Soup (so this post is sponsored, but I haven’t been paid to write it and it contains my opinions) and being a big soup lover, they couldn’t have come at a better time, I was sick, the kids ended up sick and Mr Kidgredients was overseas for work. They are fabulously awesome soups that contain nothing nasty and are traceable back to the farms the veggies come from.
Each soup which comes from a different region of Australia and is part of an awesome initiative that allows farmers to give back and also to use their amazing produce to create something fabulous. In all honesty, I wouldn’t normally buy soup, mainly because soups you can buy at the shops are normally the sort where you add water to powder, or that come in a can…and I wouldn’t be eating those! But these, well, I really don’t think I can make a better soup than this.
There’s 6 different varieties:
Also, I often don’t make soup because no-one else in the family eats it by choice. They will eat it, but mainly under duress. So these soups make for the perfect Mum lunch, knowing you’re eating pure veggie goodness.
That’s my mum lunch, a thyme and olive oil flatbread made out of leftover pizza dough…and a bowl of rich, dense mushroom soup with a slathering of cream (because it was in the hamper and it would be wrong not to enjoy it, right?).
The Mushrooms from White Prince that are used in this soup were amazing too, I had them stuffed and grilled and also with bacon and eggs. I loved them so much that when I was given the opportunity to chat with their grower, I was excited!
What are your tips for choosing the freshest mushrooms at the fruit and vegetable shop? Choose heavy dense mushrooms, that are bright and white in colour. Not blemished, not feathery
How should we keep our mushrooms when we get them home to ensure they stay in excellent condition? If you buy loose mushrooms keep them on the bottom rack above the crisper. If they’re in a pre-pack keep them in the same spot covered in the original film, it’s a specialised mushroom film for fresher mushrooms.
What is your favourite way to serve mushrooms? A couple of large flats baked with stuffing in the centre with a sprinkling of cheese over the top (Easy quick nutritious meal with next to no cleaning up)
Kids often don’t like mushrooms (although mine do!), what is the mildest variety that you grow that you would recommend as a good introduction? Cut the mushrooms up fine and blend in your recipes, we call that, “Blendability”. A mild variety would be a small, young mushroom, a white agaricus button would be the most mild..
(Question from Miss 5) How many mushrooms do you have growing? We harvest at my farm alone 220,000 mushrooms per day 364 days per year which equates to in excess of 80 million mushrooms per year.
(Question from Master 3) What is the biggest mushroom you’ve ever grown? 1.8 kgs
If you’re have your appetite whet for these yummy soups, check them out here: Naked Locals Soups.